EA working on 'gamer first' used-game policy for next-gen

Labels boss Frank Gibeau says company is currently formulating a customer-friendly strategy for secondhand Xbox One, PS4 games based on information released thus far by Sony and Microsoft.


Battlefield and FIFA publisher Electronic Arts is currently working on a "gamer first" used-game policy for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 titles.

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During an Electronic Entertainment Expo analyst call today, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau said the secondhand market has "certainly been a topic of discussion this week."

He explained that EA is formulating a strategy based on information released by Sony and Microsoft and will return with a definitive statement in the time ahead.

Gibeau stressed that the company's strategy will be "gamer first" and "customer first," noting that EA wants to continue to have a relationship with used games such that "it is a very positive experience" overall.

Microsoft's secondhand policy for the Xbox One states that individual publishers will get to choose if used games are allowed, while Sony has confirmed that there will be no "gating restrictions" at all for used disc-based PS4 games.

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